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Friday, July 11, 2014

Wichita budget plan would close golf course, add firefighters, boost street repair

The Wichita Eagle

A proposed Wichita budget would close a golf course, add firefighters and police on the streets and increase street maintenance.

It was not immediately clear which golf course could close.

The document represents City Manager Robert Layton's proposals to the Wichita City Council to avoid a shortfall in a $218 million general fund budget for the next year.

The budget proposes holding the property tax mill levy steady.

It suggests adding 15 firefighters and eight police officers, but cutting positions in some other departments.

It recommends starting an early-retirement program for city employees, conserving fuel use and finding ways to reduce the jail fees the city pays to the county.

A public meeting will be held on the proposal at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 455 N. Main, Wichita.

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